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  1. Metoclopramide Drugs Get 'Black Box' Warning

    Feb. 27, 2009 -- The FDA has ordered a "black box" warning, the FDA's strongest warning, for drugs that contain metoclopramide, which is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders. The boxed warning will highlight the risk of tardive dyskinesia, or involuntary and repetitive movements of the body, wit

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  2. FDA OKs New GERD Drug Kapidex

    Feb. 6, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Kapidex delayed-release capsules as a once-daily treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and for erosive esophagitis, which is GERD-related damage to the esophagus. Kapidex, which is taken orally, belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibi

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  3. GERD Procedures Ditch Scalpels

    Jan. 20, 2009 -- Researchers report promising results for new procedures to treat GERD without making any surgical incisions in the skin. Both treatments are endoscopic, meaning that doctors perform the procedures via a tiny tube passed through the mouth and guided to the junction of the stomach and

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  4. New IBS Guidelines Offer Treatment Ideas

    Dec. 19, 2008 -- New guidelines have been issued by the nation's gastroenterologists that are aimed at easing the abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which afflicts millions of Americans. The guidelines, issued by the American College of Gastroenterology,

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  5. Black Box Warning for Bowel Prep Drugs

    Dec. 11, 2008 -- The FDA today ordered a "black box" warning, the FDA's sternest warning, for the prescription oral sodium phosphate products Visicol and OsmoPrep, which are used to cleanse the bowel before a colonoscopy and other medical procedures. The warning pertains to the risk of acute phospha

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  6. Celiac Disease, Type 1 Diabetes Linked

    Dec. 10, 2008 -- Celiac disease and type 1 diabetes have some genetic traits in common, and they may also share some causes. Researchers report this in the advance online edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists -- who included Deborah Smyth, BSc, of England's University of Cam

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  7. Celiac Disease: Faster Gluten Test

    Nov. 14, 2008 -- Scientists have developed a new test that could speed up identification of gluten, a trigger for people with celiac disease. Gluten-free foods are already on the market. But gluten can lurk in products that people might not expect. People with celiac disease have to avoid gluten com

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  8. Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Treat IBS

    Nov. 13, 2008 -- Largely overlooked, older remedies like peppermint oil and fiber are effective treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a review of the research shows. The analysis shows that these remedies and some antispasmodic drugs that are no longer widely prescribed work well, researche

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  9. Probiotic May Help Treat Crohn's Disease

    Oct. 20, 2008 -- A gut bacterium called F. prausnitzii may make a good probiotic treatment for Crohn's disease, French researchers report. The scientists noticed that patients whose Crohn's disease recurred within six months of Crohn's disease surgery tended to be low on F. prausnitzii, compared to

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  10. Fatty Liver Disease: Genes Affect Risk

    Sept. 26, 2008 -- Newly discovered gene variants explain why Hispanics are most likely -- and African-Americans are least likely -- to have fatty livers. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver ailment in the U.S. and in Europe. It's behind one in 10 liver transplants. Abou

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